On Writing & Publishing by Robin D. Owens

Personal notes on writing techniques, writing a novel, my writing career and threading your way through publishing a book.

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RITA Award Winning Author -- that's like the Oscar, folks! Futuristic/Fantasy Romance and Fantasy with Romantic Subplots.

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Wednesday, February 24, 2010


Photobucket So, I went back to Enchanted No More and knew exactly where I was...but not WHEN I was. I had no clue what the time of day it was. This is important because it would be better if the next scene took place in the dark. In my urban paranormal h/h can move from Denver to Northumberland, England, back to Yellowstone in a day, and they did. The day started in Chapter 6. I am in Chapter 14.

I'm rereading/editing the chapters, but it means my wordcount hasn't picked up...

May you enjoy the dawn and the nooning, the sunset and the dusk. And may no monsters jump out at you in the night.


Anonymous Peggy said...

Oh, much sympathy! I know exactly what you mean -- my current MIP takes place only in one city, but it has a bit of a mystery in it, and more storylines than I've ever attempted before.

What I've started doing is at the end of each chapter, I open up a spreadsheet and keep a running list of scenes in order that have three columns: day, time, and scene notes.

Whenever I get confused (Did the MC find out about the porn video on Tuesday or Thursday? Did he talk to the main suspect before or after he got a different clue?), I can open up the spreadsheet and figure it out without having to reread umpty-thousand words.

Of course, I have no idea whether that would work if you don't write in order (I do, though I don't outline beforehand)... still, I offer it for whatever it may be worth.

Good luck with ENM, Robin! I'm looking forward to it.

8:44 AM  
Blogger FantasyAuthor RobinDOwens said...

Thanks, Peggy. I often have a calendar for the Heart books, and the hardest was for Sorceress of Faith, since she was in two places at the same time...but I'd just lost track.


5:02 PM  

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